POZ Playlist: Team Recommendations - Fall Out Boy Themed

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 10, 2013

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It’s the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. This week is a little special though with a Fall Out Boy themed special. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts! 

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Folie à Deux - Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet
As I mentioned in last week’s Discussion, Fall Out Boy’s Folie à Deux divided fans by straying pretty far from the band’s pop-punk roots. But it’s still a hell of a pop-rock album. Take “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet,” a track that just about breathes desperation. It’s a vocal marvel in Patrick Stump’s career: just listen to his voice drop a few octaves in the first verse. “Tempest in a teacup” is right: the song is a swirling 4-minute hurricane of conflicted emotions, and the only sound sweeter than Patrick Stump singing the bridge is Elvis Costello’s take on it in “What a Catch, Donnie.” - Erik van Rheenen (@TheRealVandyMan)

Take This to Your Grave - The Pros And Cons Of Breathing
"My pen is the barrel of the gun. Remind me which side you should be on." We’ve been there. But writing can be a great tool to help you through things. Something I’ve learned lately is to write. It works. Stress relief to the max. Whatever you’re upset about, whatever is on your mind, whatever you need to get off your chest: write about it. I think this song, while short and repetitive with it’s lyrics, packs a mean punch. Music and verse is a powerful weapon. These dudes will be in Charlotte this summer, and I’m definitely going to try to be there (update: those sold out fast!…). Anything from this album (especially "Saturday") played live would blow my mind and seriously be the experience of a lifetime. FOB are back, and opinions of the new song aside, I think we all can sit back and smile. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)

From Under the Cork Tree - A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”
The first time I saw this title, I didn’t get it. And then one day, I watched the classic John Hughes film and everything fell perfectly into place. I don’t know what it is about this song that makes it my favorite. The lyrics are so relatable for anyone who has ever felt inferior and/or doubted themselves: “Write me off, give up on me/’Cause darling, what did you expect?/I’m just off a lost cause/A long shot, don’t even take this bet/You can make all the moves, you can aim all the spotlights/Get all the sighs and the moans just right”. The title itself is something that every man and woman feels every once in a while. Sometimes, us ladies don’t require the whole wine and dine routine- sometimes we just wanna be touched all over by Jake Ryan. - Sydney Gore (@sydegee)

Folie à Deux - What A Catch, Donnie
"I’ve got troubled thoughts and the self-esteem to match, what a catch." As a 16 year-old hearing these lyrics for the first time, it’s no surprise they struck a nerve somewhere deep down. Throw in Patrick Stump’s honeyed voice over a melancholy piano melody and I was hooked. Many fans were ostracized at the thought of a ballad but this track is so well done that it’s hard to argue with the band’s decision. Meanwhile the bridge, which features the likes of Elvis Costello, Gabe Saporta, Travis McCoy, Brendon Urie, Doug Neumann, Alex DeLeon, and Will Beckett all singing parts from various other FOB songs, is arguably one of the finest moments to ever occur on a Fall Out Boy album. -Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)

From Under the Cork Tree - Of All The Gin Joints In All The World
I wasn’t convinced by Take This To Your Grave. (I’m still not). I wasn’t convinced by “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” (I now am). But a good friend of mine was adamant that I give From Under The Cork Tree an honest try before I wrote it off. (I was zooming South on the Las Vegas Strip and then up the 215 towards the mountains. The sun was blazing, bright and hot. I cranked the volume.) From the first line of “Our Lawyer”, I knew I had been wrong. (So very wrong.) By the end of “Gin Joints”, I suspected I’d be a fan for life. (So far, so good.)
She may or may not have been sleeping with Andy Hurley at the time. (She claimed she was.) She also may or may not have been a pathological liar. (I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.) Some of this may or may not be embellished. (Just a little bit. But not that last part.) The name of my personal music blog may or may not be a twist on a line from this song. (It is.) -Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)

From Under The Cork Tree - Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner 
"So wear me like a locket around your throat. I’ll weigh you down, I’ll watch you choke. You look so good in blue, you look so good in blue." Not sure what else needs to be said about the emo-ist jam on Cork Tree. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo) 

Take This to Your Grave - Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today
At this risk of having my head placed on a stake immediately after writing this, allow me to say that I’m not a huge Fall Out Boy fan. Take This To Your Grave is the only record of theirs that has ever really stuck with me (outside of a few other tracks scattered throughout their discography), but boy, do I love that album. Whenever I want my FOB fix, but don’t have the time to listen to the whole record, this is the song I turn to. It’s fast, upbeat, and just a whole hell of a lot of fun to listen to. In fact, it just made my list of things to do today. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr)

Folie à Deux - Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes
My relationship with Fall Out Boy is an odd one. I remember the first time I heard of them was back in 2005, while I was watching MTV I saw a guy with antlers walking along the side of the road and the band just jamming out. I was sold, but then later on I became a “punk” and started disliking all things pop-punk such as Fall Out Boy. But a couple years ago I realized how big of an idiot I was and now I’m back to loving them. The reunion really sparked a love I didn’t feel before with the band and I have not been able to listen to anyone else since. Folie à Deux, the record I didn’t ever really like that much is now my favorite. The record starts off on such a positive note that I had to pick this song. “Boycott love, Detox just to re-tox.” - Justin Graci (@JustinHMGraci)

Folie à Deux - The (Shipped) Gold Standard
For some reason this was one of the first songs that really stuck out to me when listening to this album. Then I just had it stuck in my head for days. I also just really liked the message it gave off. All in all though, this was a tough decision to make because I personally thought this album had a lot of songs I could have picked from. This band’s whole discography in general is filled with great, emotional songs. You can definitely get your sad on with FOB even if some of the songs are upbeat, it’s the lyrics that get you. - Deanna Chapman (@deechapman21)

Take This to Your Grave - Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)
One will be hard pressed to find a Fall Out Boy fanatic who doesn’t love the quartet’s first underground hit, “Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)”. With one of the most memorable opening versus to be crafted in the past twenty years, and anchored by great pup-punk hooks and riffs, there is no wonder why, a decade later, Fall Out Boy still often close their sets with the Take This to Your Grave classic. - Michael Meeze (@mikemeeze)

My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue - My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon
This gem of an EP that was released between Take This To Your Grave and From Under The Cork Tree is my second favorite release as a whole that FOB has ever done (after TTTYG of course). It contains the original version of fan favorite “Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner” as well as an endearing acoustic Joy Division cover, and then my personal favorite, “My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon”. Despite its soft acoustic sound, lyrically this song packs one of the most angst-filled punches that FOB has to offer (and that is saying a lot). “This is me wishing you in to the worst situations, I’m the kind of kid that can’t let anything go but you wouldn’t know a good thing if it came up and slit your throat” still remains my favorite line from the Chicago natives to this very day. It’s a song that resonated in my head as a 14 year-old and has the resilience to stay embedded in me years and albums later. It feels like the most true-to-form Fall Out Boy songwriting out there. - Brittany Oblak (@brittanyoblak)

Take This To Your Grave - Saturday
I will never be able to properly or eloquently express how much this band’s music means to me, and I’m certainly not going to clog up the staff recommendations by trying, but I will say that stage-diving to this song on Tuesday night is in the running for the most full-circle experience of my life thus far. - Adrienne Fisher (@adriennerayfish) 

Infinity On High - Thriller
Wait, what? Fall Out Boy have done TWO MJ covers? That’s what everyone was thinking when they first saw this song title on their highly anticipated follow-up to their breakout album From Under the Cork Tree. What they got instead is a wildly entertaining pop-punk song that both slaps you in the face with what I can only refer to as the only “easycore” breakdown ever to pop up in an FOB song, but also enthralls with its impossibly soaring chorus. Oh yeah, and Jay-Z opens and closes the track so you know it is good.

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